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Injured Personnel

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding his Department makes available to service personnel injured on operations. (252612)

[holding answer 2 February 2009]: Service personnel injured due to service on or after 6 April 2005, including those injured due to service while on operations, receive compensation under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). This provides both a tax-free lump sum payment of up to £570,000 that can be paid during service, and for the more seriously injured a Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP), which is tax-free, index-linked and payable from discharge for the rest of their life. The total compensation received can therefore exceed £1 million.

The War Pension Scheme (WPS) provides compensation and a range of allowances to service personnel disabled as a result of their service, up to and including 5 April 2005, payable after discharge. These include a basic war disablement pension based on the degree of disablement, supplementary allowances and allowances for dependents.